Temporary terminals for two airports

30 April 2010

Airports Company South Africa has ordered two temporary terminals from Siemens for use at the airports in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.

Siemens’ CapacityPlus is a system service from Siemens Mobility that provides all the necessary functions and modules for a fully equipped additional terminal in line with the standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Players and spectators from all over the world are expected to attend the event, but not all of South Africa’s airports are designed to handle large numbers of passengers.

A temporary solution is also far more preferable to increasing airport capacity on a permanent basis, when passenger numbers will drop back to normal following the event.

“With CapacityPlus, airport operators can increase their handling capacity for a specific period at a low cost, enabling them to ensure reliable and swift handling of the additional passenger numbers anticipated in connection with major events,” Siemens said in a statement this week.

IATA standards

Each terminal covers an area of 1 800 square metres and can handle up to 4 000 passengers a day.

It provides all the necessary functions and modules for a fully equipped additional terminal in line with IATA standards, namely arrivals area with baggage claim, departures area with check-in counters and baggage conveyance system, electronic monitoring system for baggage and personal security checks.

A waiting area, sanitary facilities, power supply and the facilities required for police, customs and first aid complete the range of modules on offer together with an option for shopping and restaurant areas.

The system is also suitable for use by low-cost carriers, allowing them to react quickly and flexibly to fluctuating passenger numbers.

Siemens installed a CapacityPlus terminal at Lisbon Airport in Portugal during the Euro 2004 football championship, as well as for the Asian Games in Qatar in December 2006.

SAinfo reporter

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